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India Reclaims Her Crown

By Editor's Desk, August 6, 2019, Categories: Featured, Slider, Top Story

Yesterday, the unrest in the city forced us to have an indoor Monday. And we woke up having a news channel marathon as India revoked article 370, making Jammu, Kashmir and Ladhak into Union Territories

A law that dated back to 1927, giving Jammu & Kashmir’s princely states exclusive hereditary rights was formalized after Independence as Article 370, allowing it to exist as an independent state.

After almost 70 years, the Indian government has revoked these rights and brought J&K under central governance. While most rejoice this as a closure to the prolonged dispute over Kashmir, some still have concerns.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley appreciates the government for ‘correcting a historical blunder’. At the same time J&K’s former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti wrote it as ‘the darkest day in Indian democracy’.

Let’s understand for ourselves what this landmark ruling means :

-J&K will no longer have a separate flag. The tricolor is the only flag across India

-J&K is no longer entitled to ‘special powers’ and dual citizenships (of J&K and Indian). It is now only Indian citizenship

-Citizens from other states will be able to purchase and own land in J&K, which was not the case before

-Under article 370, if a woman were to marry outside the state of J&K, she would lose the citizenship of the state. However, if a woman marries outside any state or the country, she can retain her Indian citizenship

RTI (Right to Information) and RTE (Right to Education) is applicable in the state of J&K

Panchayat will have the same rights as it has in other states

All in all, the famous Hindi dialogue – ‘Kashmir se Kanyakumari, Bharat Ek Hai’ shall prevail!

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